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ORU wins season opener with balanced offense

Volleyball vs. USAOThe ORU women’s basketball team opened their season well on Friday afternoon with an 89-68 win over USAO.

The Golden Eagles had great games from multiple players. For Sarah Shelton, it was a record day. She grabbed a career high 16 rebounds for ORU.

But the most surprising contribution came from freshman Kaylan Mayberry, playing in her first college basketball game. She had a team-high 18 points as well as six assists.

Mayberry said after the game that she “was really comfortable because it was the same exact things that we do in practice.”

Christian Key was on fire from behind the arc. She drained five three point shots, giving her 15 points for the game.

USAO was able to stay with the Golden Eagles during the first half, but an 11 point run, fueled by three USAO turnovers, gave ORU a comfortable 20 point lead at the half.

The Golden Eagles would keep the distance above that for the rest of the game and finished with a 21-point win.

Head coach Misti Cussen was happy with the way her team played.

“We accomplished what we needed to accomplish today. I was very pleased with the cleanliness of the game. I was very pleased with our shooting percentage and the way we got shots today. I’m very happy to get the first one out of the way.”

The entire team was very well balanced on offense. ORU had five players score over eight points.

“I think that’s who this team is,” Cussen said. “I think they get along really well off the floor. We’ve got very good team chemistry.”

Volleyball vs. USAOThe game was also the TTCU Best Field Trip Ever. Over 4,000 students from local elementary and middle schools were expected to attend the game. The numerous screaming voices made for a little bit of a different atmosphere than usual.

“It’s just very loud,” Cussen said. “[The players] probably had to work harder today to tune things out. I know I did as a coach.”

Coach Cussen said that at this point of the season they need to work on improving everything.

“We are jacks of all trades and masters of none,” Cussen said. “Everything needs a little bit of tweaking and more discipline.”

The next game will be much more difficult for ORU. They go on the road to face Kansas on Sunday and then Arkansas on Wednesday.

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